The Oceanside Theatre Company's mission is to create professional quality theatre for a vibrant and diverse population. OTC will strive to reach a wide audience base and encourage and improve artistic growth in the community by producing a broad repertoire of theatre, giving local theatre artists creative opportunities and offering educational theatre and outreach programs.
“We say that this is your theatre, as Oceanside is your city and ours. We feel much pride in having carried to successful completion this building. Our destinies are cast with the destiny of this community, and we are to have added to the beauty and brightness of this, our home.”
These words are from the Margo Theatre dedication program, 1936. The builders were obviously very proud of their theatre and they dedicated the Margo to the friends and patrons of Oceanside. The building had been a butcher shop, a drug store, a barbershop and a billiard parlor. It operated as the Margo from 1936-1948, after which it was renamed the “Towne Theater”. The Towne was one of three downtown movie houses that operated through the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. The city of Oceanside acquired the theatre in 1993 from Hattie Hazel “Sunshine” Brooks, from whom the current name originates.
A local group of thespians answered a call from the city in 1995 and moved into the building as the Pacific Coast Players. The Players called the Brooks their home for 5 years. The theatre went black for a year during construction. New Vision Theatre Company managed the Brooks for 6 years after the theatre construction was completed.
Oceanside Theatre Company formed in January of 2011 and was awarded management for the next five years. The rich history of this theatre is one with many ups and downs, and it is an honor to be a part of its revitalization. We hope that the men and women, whose dream was to bring brightness to their home, will be pleased with our efforts to breathe new life into this wonderful old building.
Please enjoy these photos, postcards and programs courtesy of the Oceanside Historical Society. Special thanks to John Daley.